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2014 NFL Draft Prospect Preview – Auburn
This article continues our series previewing the 2013 college football season and the 2014 NFL Draft. We will go team by team and layout the top 2014 NFL draft prospects from each program and give you some additional names to keep an eye on. The top prospects were rated using our RAP system.
Since the National Championship win 3 years ago, the Auburn football program has taken a huge nose dive. Head Coach Gene Chizik paid the price for that decline as he lost his job earlier this year.
The good news for Auburn is they are still holding a link to their past championship success with the new coaching hire of Gus Malzahn, the Offensive Co-Ordinator on that BCS Championship winning Auburn side.
It will be tough for Malzahn to have a huge impact in year 1 as this roster is still very young, but does have some solid experience in key areas.
We will now look at the top 2014 NFL Draft prospects and give you a few more names to look out for on the Auburn roster.
1. Dee Ford, DE, Auburn - RAP (69.5) (43 RE)
Player Comparison – Stansley Maponga
Ford is one of the more “flashy” defensive line prospects i’ve watched so far this draft year. At times he displays an incredibility ability to turn the edge and get to the quarterback, the only problem is you don’t see it enough.
He seems a bit hesitant off the snap early in sets of downs, that some times leads him to being left behind on plays.
Ford doesn’t seem to have a relentless motor, but he does look like a guy that can drop back in coverage on occasion.
Ford’s draft stock has a real chance to shoot up this year, if he can just have a bit more production and become a little more consistent.
2. Tre Mason*, RB, Auburn – RAP (65.1) (RB-COP)
Player Comparison – Jacquizz Rodgers
Mason is a guy, coaches will absolutely love. His versatility means he will be viewed as a back, that will have a huge impact on third down.
Can he have an impact on all three downs, im not too sure at the moment. If he can prove his durability in his Junior year and continue to be productive, he has a good chance to improve his grade.
Other Auburn Prospects’ to watch for
- Jefferey Whitaker, DT, Auburn.